There are a ton of new Interstellar details. Get a good look at most of the Avengers crew. New reports on Pacific Rim and How to Train Your Dragon reveal what's being planned for those franchises. Plus a major Grimm spoiler from its star, and what's next for the Queen siblings on Arrow.
Top image: Interstellar
Batman v. Superman
The Hollywood Reporter now has multiple sources confirming that Jena Malone is in Batman v, Superman, but they have nothing further on the claim that Malone's character is a female Robin. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Adam McKay says that his re-write of Ant-Man came from Paul Rudd's involvement:
[Rudd] called me when Edgar Wright stepped away from the project and told me what was going on. I went and met with Marvel, and I was a little dubious just because I'm friends with Edgar and I didn't know what the story was, and then when I kind of heard what happened, that Edgar had parted ways, and then I saw their materials, I was like, 'God this is pretty cool'. Ultimately I didn't want to jump in as a director, I had too many other projects going and it was too tight, but I thought, 'You know what, I can rewrite this, and I can do a lot of good by rewriting it.'
Due to the massive amount of lead time that action sequences need, the question is how many of the ones in the finished film were already being worked on when Edgar Wright left the film. McKay says that they added some new action beats and he was really excited to add a "giant action sequence." That said, he says that the split between what he added and what Wright had already done was "half and half" and "There's a lot that's already in there from what Edgar did, there's a lot of dialogue and character still in there."
He also added that Rudd worked with him on rewrite:
I've always known Paul Rudd's a really good writer from improvising with him on set, but I had no idea he was that good—he's really great with dialogue. So the two of us holed up in hotel rooms on the east and west coast, and I think it was like six to eight weeks we just ground it out and did a giant rewrite of the script. I was really proud of what we did, I really thought we put some amazing stuff in there and built on an already strong script from Edgar Wright and sort of just enhanced some stuff.
... We just shaped the whole thing, we just tried to streamline it, make it cleaner, make it a little bigger, a little more aggressive, make it funnier in places—we just basically did a rewrite. Edgar had a really good script. But we just had a blast, and Rudd was just so much fun to write with. I walked away saying, 'Hey, you and I gotta write a script together.'
Doctor Strange/X-Men: Apocalypse
Okay, while Joaquin's Phoenix's publicist has made clear that talks between him and Marvel are "dead dead dead," we can't wipe anyone else off the list. According to the Wrap, Colin Farrell, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Keanu Reeves are all still in the running. Agency sources told the Wrap that Marvel wants to do business with Cumberbatch and he's still high on the list, even though the last round of rumors left him out.
So, just in case you're doing "Doctor Strange Rumor Bingo," here are all the names that have popped up in the last week:
- Joaquin Phoenix (out)
- Benedict Cumberbatch (believed to be a frontrunner)
- Keanu Reeves (believed to be a frontrunner)
- Ryan Gosling
- Colin Farrell (believed to be a frontrunner)
- Ethan Hawke
- Jake Gyllenhaal
- Ewan McGregor
- Oscar Isaac (believed to be pursuing it)
- Jared Leto (believed to be pursuing it)
- Justin Theroux (believed to be pursuing it)
By the way, Tom Hardy is apparently no longer on the list because he's being considered for Suicide Squad and the Apocalypse role in X-Men: Apocalypse. [The Wrap]
Entertainment Weekly's print issue has a huge feature about Interstellar, and in are a bunch of new details.
First, the spaceship Endurance is made out of 12 interlocking pods, and creates enough spin to have 1 G of gravity on board. There's a robot named TARS, who we still haven't really heard much about yet.
Entertainment Weekly was on set for the filming of a scene where Brand (Anne Hathaway) reveals "a secret that will change the course of the story." In this scene, the four-person crew can reach a set of planets, but can't visit them all. Brand's revelation helps them decide which ones to go to, and it takes the form of a soliloquy about "the nature of love as an unquantifiable, higher dimensional force."
And, as suspected, Jessica Chastain plays the adult daughter of Matthew McConaughey's character, who's already grown up thanks to relativistic travel — which lends some credence to the rumor that the film will return to Earth after the crew of Endurance visit other planets.
Finally, there were some details about the process that brought the script to screen. Christopher Nolan rewrote the script his brother Jonathan had written for Steven Spielberg, particularly the middle act where they're exploring planets. He wanted to pit humans against the hugeness of nature, including dust storms and tidal waves. (Iceland served as a planet of dangerous oceans.) He wanted to show humans at our selfish worst and selfless best, as well as points in between. A key point the article mentions again and again: This is the most emotional of Nolan's films, and it's heavily influenced by the fact that he has kids now.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Marvel's Vice President of VFX and Post Production Victoria Alonso said that they anticipate Age of Ultron as having 3,000 VFX shot, making it Marvel's largest VFX shot count to date. Captain America: The Winter Soldier reached 2,500 and Guardians of the Galaxy hit 2,750.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Alonso added that The Avengers' sequel would likely involve seven to 12 VFX vendors in five to seven different countries. [The Hollywood Reporter]
An image that appears to be from Hot Toys/Sideshow Collectibles gives us a good look at the relative size of everyone and the new costumes. Except for Vision, Ultron, and the Hulkbuster armor, which are all blocked out. [Vk.com via Comic Book Movie]
Pacific Rim 2 and 3
Guillermo Del Toro says that they're planning on a trilogy of movies, saying of the returning characters:
some of your favorite characters come back, some others don't because we have decided that we're going to shoot ambitiously and say 'Let's hope we have three movies,' so some characters come in at the end of the second, hoping that it will ramp up on the third one.
How to Train Your Dragon 3
Dean DeBlois said that the franchise was always envisioned as a trilogy, and he thinks that it's going to stay that way:
I think I've talked [Jeffrey Katzenberg] down from [How to Train Your Dragon 4] (laughs). There may be spinoffs to come, but my involvement and my dedication to completing a story that has a reason for being and a strong sense of integrity and three chapters I think is in place and intact. Everybody seems to be in agreement that we're moving in the right direction.
He added that he hoped to be turning in a complete script of the third movie by the end of the year and:
It continues to be the third act of this trilogy and we get to see Hiccup's coming of age come to a completion.
... I'm also playing with the idea of what happened to the dragons and why they are no more, as suggested by Cressida Cowell's books. So the whole mystery of where did they go? Did they come back? What transpired? I think it's all compelling stuff and it's definitely a story that's gonna have a lot more Toothless emphasis in it. We continue to get more insight into the dragon world and shed light on their intelligence and all the aspects that we've been slowly cooking over the last two films.
At a small press conference current Halloween series producer Malek Akkad gave an update on the film:
It's been a joy to work with so many creative people – ten films. We're working on eleven as we speak. We're working on a script right now. A new draft – perfect timing – is supposed to hit the day before Halloween. Hopefully my Halloween night reading will be a good read.
Universal has bought the horror-thriller Cybernatural, conceived and developed by Timur Bekmambatov, after a test screening, and they've set an April 10 release date. The film, directed by Levan Gabriadze from a script by Nelson Greaves, takes place on a teen's computer screen, as she and her friends are stalked by someone after a shaming video they released led to a bully's suicide. [Variety]
Game of Thrones
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost, Thor: The Dark World) has joined season 5 of Game of Thrones. No word on who he'll be playing, but rumor has it it's a TV-only character named "Malko." [The Hollywood Reporter]
In addition to the news that season five will contain flashbacks, we have photos from the Dorn sets, including shots of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Indira Varma in costume — and what looks like Coster-Waldau and Jerome Flynn in Dornish guard outfits. That disguise could very well be a way for their characters to sneak into the the palace to find the captive princess Myrcella. Head here for more set photos. And here's the shot of Flynn and Coster Waldau in the guards' outfits from Watchers on the Wall. [Canal +'s Game of Thrones Facebook Page via Oh No They Didn't, h/t gods-n-clods]
The next episode's flashbacks won't be Oliver-related. Instead, we'll find out exactly what Thea and Malcolm have been up to since we last saw them. And John Barrowman promises that the flashbacks will make your "jaw hit the floor" and that its the "most brutal father-daughter" relationship. He adds:
"You're going to look at it and go, 'This is too uncomfortable, but I really want to [keep] watching it because it's like a car crash,'" he continues. However, as twisted as the dynamic may be, "there is a genuine love there and caring for her, but he wants her to be strong. He wants her to be able to stand on her own two feet."
As for Thea, Willa Holland says that she's "been up to — not necessarily no good — just something a little bit different" and that it's hard for her to trust Malcolm, but she knows him really well after five months. And, most importantly, "the one thing that he hadn't done to Thea was lie about who he is."
When Oliver shows up, Stephen Amell says that he calls Thea on her lying about her whereabouts immediately, but also realizes that telling the truth is the only thing that will make her come back. But "How much of the truth he has to tell her is one of the crucial points of the episode." [TV Line]
Once Upon a Time
Scott Michael Foster (Kristoff) hinted that Hans' brothers aren't gone for good, telling TV Guide:
It could very well be. I don't think the 12 Southern Isle brothers story line is quite finished yet. There might be another run-in with them.
He also mentioned doing a huge scene:
Yeah, working with Elizabeth [Lail] is a blast. We got to do a pretty fun scene — and I can't say what we're doing — but I can tell you it's a bit out of the ordinary. It's a type of filming that I've never done before. It was fun to sort of be thrust into a new set experience that [neither] her nor I have ever done before. It was fun to actually do a scene that felt like we were doing a huge budget movie.
As for how Kristoff knows David, he says that he hasn't gotten a script explaining that yet. [TV Guide]
Rebecca Wisocky has been cast as Madame Faustina, a fake seer who is said to cross paths with Elizabeth Mitchell's Snow Queen in episode 4.10. [TV Line]
Michael Narducci explained what's going on in Elijah's head:
[Hayley's] a mess and Elijah sees that. But at the same time, he recognizes, 'I can only help her so much because I'm not what she is. The person who is what she is … is my brother.' You'll get to see how that plays out, and I'd caution against anyone using the idea that this is going to be some kind of love triangle.
He also talked this season's romance and explained why Josh is sticking around, saying, "Coming down the line, we're going to tell some really great romantic stories, and Josh has a really great story coming up." They'll also be explaining why Mikael is "the Destroyer," even more flashbacks than ever, and a "freaky twist" about why Finn and Esther are interested in Cami. [TV Line]
Speaking of flashbacks, Charles Michael Davis described one that would be entirely about Marcel:
It's about how Marcel got his leadership skills [but] I can say it's not related to New Orleans. [In it] he departs his home to find out who he is and what he's made of and goes on an adventure where he meets new enemies, externally and internally. The great thing about these flashbacks for me is that you get to see what his opinions and perspective is rooted in. Now, Marcel is realizing more about who he is at his core and gets to rebuild and grow and that's the arc that we're moving into for midseason.
Here's another clip from tonight's "Every Mother's Son":
Here's a video interview with David S. Goyer, who says that the show isn't confined to the U.S. but also hasn't hit London yet. He also addressed two of the major elements of the character that were rumored to have been dropped:
[Constantine] had to be British, had to have the trench coat, the skinny tie. Even though he's on network, he had to still be a smoker. ...We all know that he gets cancer later on, and that's something that we wanted to give a nod to. He had to be a bastard, sometimes an asshole. That's just who he is. Snarky, and he lies, and he's terrible to the men and women that he sleeps with. He's not your first choice when you think of someone to save the world, but unfortunately, he's the guy we've got.
... We never said he wasn't bisexual.
At the link, see a clip where Constantine meets Harold Perrineau's angel, Manny. [TV Line]
David Giuntoli talked a bit about what's coming up in terms of Juliette, Adalind, and Nick:
Oh, boy. So, yes, the Nick and Adalind spell links us in a very profound and mysterious way. And there needs - something goes down in order to reverse a spell that she has put on me that is just crazy. And it affects Juliette and I in a very intense way.
In terms of major spoilers, Giuntoli said of Captain Renard: "Oh, boy. Well, I'll say that he dies in the first episode." [SpoilerTV]
At the link is a clip from the premiere. [TV Line]
Here's a promo for season 4:
Catalina Sandino Moreno will recur a lot in the final season as Isabella, "a leftist-leaning academic prior to the invasion, but now on the run and seeking sanctuary, she is a realist and canny survivor who poses as a nurse in order to win John (Colin Cunningham)'s approval and trust. " [Deadline]
Below is the promo for episode 8.10, "The Forest of the Night." [via SpoilerTV]
Here's a clip from "Soul Survivor":
The Vampire Diaries
Here's the trailer for "Black Hole Sun."
Person of Interest
Here's information on episode 4.11. [via SpoilerTV]
Here's a synopsis for episode 2.07:
2.07 - Deliverance (03-Nov-2014)
Henry Parish's most recent mystical attack against his mother, Katrina, begins to bear fruit, and while Abraham (aka The Horseman of Death) is aware that some mysterious ailment has befallen his love, he is unaware her sickness is the doing of his demonic compatriot. The two Horsemen of the Apocalypse reach an impasse when Abraham resists Henry's attempts to take Katrina back to Fredericks Manor – ostensibly at Moloch's command – and in the ensuing struggle, Katrina manages to escape. Ichabod and Abbie soon locate her and make the stark discovery that whatever the source of Katrina's ailment, it appears to all be part of Moloch's as-of-yet unknown "new purpose" for her. Upon getting Katrina to the relative safety of the Archives, Crane consults Benjamin Franklin's notebooks and determines that whatever ails his wife has its origins in the ancient – though still active – secret society known as The Hellfire Club. As the Two Witnesses work to keep Katrina safe until a cure can be unearthed, they make a startling discovery about her condition, and come to the unlikely conclusion that in order to prevail against a ticking clock and a setting sun, they will need to put their faith in the most unlikely of sources... a hope that may in the end prove futile.
Meanwhile, Ichabod and Katrina come to realize that despite their now close physical proximity, recent events have succeeded in driving an emotional wedge between them. And while Ichabod continues to hold out hope that his son is not wholly beyond redemption, he remains cognizant of the fact he is, after all, The Horseman of War
Agents of SHIELD
Here's a clip from episode 2.05 showing Bobbi Morse in action. [Hypable]
Below is a promo for episode 5.07, "Nowhere Man." [SpoilerTV]
Go here for more photos from episode 1.07, "The Penguin's Umbrella." [SpoilerTV]
Head to the link for a video on the Penguin. [TV Guide]
American Horror Story
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Abhimanyu Das